All started in April 1983 when Joe Catford invented the world's first powered golf trolley out of frustration at having to carry his golf clubs around the golf course. Short after launching it, Tom Watson started to use PowaKaddy in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Please forgive me if I do not add comments to PowaKaddy Classic, but in 1983 I was merely 8 years old. 1983 was an interesting and eventful year. I will tell you at the end of this post.
Today such design is considered as a vintage golf trolley. Probably this PowaKaddy model run without shock absorber to handle the roughness of the golf courses.
To my great surprise PowaKaddy Freeway still holds the coveted status of being the world’s best-selling electronic golf trolley. Last year PowaKaddy Freeway Digital was selected as the best electronic golf trolley of 2012 by Golfblogger.co.uk.
When I first checked PowaKaddy Freeway Digital, I was expecting more sophisticated solutions than just a digital distance function (–> Send the trolley on ahead by 15, 30 or 45 yards – handy when you're looking for your partners ball!).
I would welcome some sort of built in golf GPS mobile application (not necessarily built-in) that can help our play and a weather forecast application. Motocaddy came out in 2010 with a mobile application to help Motocaddy owners to maintain better their golf trolley.
Here are some useful links about golf trolleys:
Finally, these were some of the major events in 1983:
- M*A*S*H (TV series) ends after 11 years and 251 episodes on CBS.
- Swatch introduces their first watches.
- Ronald Reagan starts his famous "Star Wars" program.
- Microsoft Word is first released.
- Michael Jackson: Billie Jane album came out
- The movie Flashdance (I saw it 100 times).